LifestyleMontrealStudents
16th December 2020 HOJO Staff
How to Winterize your apartment and save up on energy costs!
Winter is here, and here are some tips to keep your apartment warm at all times! 1. Get heavy drapes for your windows. It helps with insulation … 2. Seal any gaps or cracks around your doors, electric plugs, window seals etc,to seal in drafts. Make sure you get the right type of caulking for the surface in question. 3. Buy shrink-film plastic insulation to cover your windows and seal in drafts … 4. Just as your ceiling fan can help you cool in the summer months, it can warm your home in the winter. Warm air rises so simply switch it on in reverse … Additional tips on keeping your energy bill low … • Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights  – these use less than about ¼ the energy and last a lot longer.  … • Take short showers.  A five-to-ten minute shower uses…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
15th December 2020 HOJO
How to avoid apartment scams
Looking for an apartment in Montreal can be challenging and in these unprecedented times, the risk of rental scams is increasing! Let’s start from the beginning, What’s an apartment rental scam?  … Rental scams can take on many forms. Scammers generally attempt to get money or personal information from apartment hunters for a dwelling that either doesn’t exist, or one which they have no legal right to rent. Looking for an apartment is already stressful enough without the added time, pressure and inability to visit in person. Luckily, there are many ways to lower the likelihood of getting caught in an apartment scam. First and foremost, trust your gut and be critical when looking for an apartment. If something feels weird with the listing, if the application process is rushed or if…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
15th December 2020 HOJO
Knowing the difference between Transferring and Subletting your dwelling
Once you sign a lease in Quebec, you’re locked in for life. Just kidding,!you are locked in for your leasing period, which is then automatically renewed for up to 99 years. In order not to renew your lease, you have to send a notice of non-renewal – generally – 3-6 months before the end of your lease.  … But 3-6 months is a long time, you might change your mind, you may have been too busy to send the notice or maybe you denied your rent increase (for the love of your community, PLEASE deny your rent increase.)  Didn’t send the notice of non-renewal within the appropriate time frame but still want to move? We’ve got you covered. Here are 2 ways you can move out and leave your lease legally:  … 1) Transfer your lease  … Transferring your lease (also known as assigning your lease) is when…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
26th November 2020 HOJO
Tips for finding and renting an apartment during the pandemic
Apartment hunting is a little different now than it was pre-pandemic. Here are a few tips to aid in your search! • Given the extraordinary situation, try to arrange a virtual visit of the apartment: you may ask the landlord for a visit via Skype or FaceTime.  If you do decide to visit the dwelling in person, make sure to respect social distancing practices (2m) and take safety precautions, such as wearing a mask, not touching your face and washing your hands before & after the visit. Most importantly, if you feel sick, don’t visit an apartment in person – a virtual visit can be just as helpful!  … • Ask the landlord any questions you have.   … •  Ask about the unit’s history with vermin, pests, and damages.    … •  Clarify what would be included in the rent and what is your…
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